Events at Ellerton Priory, Summer 2020


Heritage Open Day 


As you will have realised it has not been possible to open the church this year.  The trustees came to the reluctant decision that we would be unable to provide a safe space for visitors, mainly due to having only one door for both entry and exit.  It was particularly disappointing as our regular and very popular guest choir, Cantabile, were on the point of confirming a date for a summer concert.

However work has continued around the church and the hay was cut in July, raked and turned ready for local farmer Martin Yewdall to collect as usual.  The work was made easier this year with the assistance of Craig Ralston (Natural England, Lower Derwent Valley) and his volunteers, including David Salisbury and his wife, who live in the village.  Caig's power scythe made the cutting much quicker and less tiring than our usual strimming.  It should be noted that the decision to cut the grass is often made at very short notice because it is entirely dependent on the weather and so the trustees usually take it upon themselves to organise and carry out this task.

The churchyard management team has long had the ambition to introduce a much greater variety of wild flowers and plants, with the intention of attracting more insects and therefore more birds and small mammals.  We have tried, and failed, to introduce yellow rattle - a plant which parasitises grass roots and so gradually weakens the growth which has been smothering any other plants which we have introduced.  It transpires that we have the wrong sort of grass!  In order to try and give the yellow rattle a fighting chance the grass has been cut again at the beginning of November and this may become an annual practice if it seems to be effective. 

On another note:

Because we have been closed, our regular visitors and guests have been deprived of the pleasure of the offerings on our refreshment table.  Michael Thomas, one of our trustees, has been reliably and consistently tempting all to indulge in his marvellous range of cakes, gateaux, biscuits and other baked goods at our Open days for many years now.

However he has not been idle this year and the Trustees are delighted to be able to offer a modest book containing 37 of his recipes.

With  a card cover and spiral binding the book has been designed to open flat for easy use in the kitchen.  All recipes have been (thoroughly) tested and adapted for the English baker and are graded in terms of difficulty.  Almost all are illustrated.  There is a brief introduction to the history of the Ellerton Church Preservation Trust and to Michael himself.




The book is available by contacting   yorkbear@hotmail.co.uk   'phone   01430 431951 or by downloading the pdf order form here A Taste of Ellerton Priory order form pdf

At a cost of £7.99 + p&p this would make an ideal gift for the kitchen guru in your household or anyone who enjoys making and eating fabulous and unusual treats  All proceeds will help the work of the Trust.



Ellerton Priory is always happy to host visits by Local History and other interested groups, circumstances permitting.  If you belong to an organisation which would enjoy a private tour, with or without refreshments, or would like to use the church as a venue for an activity or occasion, you are encouraged to get in touch with the Trust (see details below). 

Keeping in touch with the Trust


Ellerton Church Preservation Trust is a Registered Charity, with the number 1052689. The address for correspondence is Knedlington Old Hall,  Asselby Road, Knedlington, East Riding of Yorkshire, DN14 7EU. If  you wish to contact the trustees for any reason, or wish to offer help or support, please feel free to e-mail yorkbear@hotmail.co.uk or ann@annsotheran.co.uk or leave a telephone message on 01430 431951. The current trustees are Richard Baker, Ann Sotheran (treasurer), Michael Thomas and Phil Thomas (chair).



Directions to Ellerton Priory

Ellerton is 14 miles south-east of York, just off the B1228 York-Howden road, accessible from the north via the A64/A1079 or from the south via the A163 at Bubwith. The Priory church is the last building at the end of the village, and access is via a fairly level grass path and two small steps (ramp and help available). We have plentiful car parking, but no dogs in the car park field, please. Nearby is The Boot and Shoe - a traditional village pub with great ales, where hearty meals can be booked in advance (01757 288346).


          Newsletters  - we apologise most humbly to all of our friends and supporters that we have not produced newsletters for last year or this.  We are still here and work is continuing in the background.  We hope very much to get back on track next year and appreciate your continuing interest and support.

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